Dakshinkali

At the southern edge around 22kms from the valley cleft between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers lies the temple of Dakshinkali. It is the famous Hindu pilgrimage destination. This temple is dedicated to goddess Kali, and twice a week faithful Nepalese journey here to satisfy her bloodlust. Frowning and emaciated, with protruding tongue and red eyes, decked with necklace of skulls, Kali is an aspect of Shiva’s consorts Durga, appearing in a fearsome way to battle the evil. Sacrifices are made to the goddess on Tuesdays and Saturdays and the creatures to be sacrifices must be uncastrated male animals. Saturday being

Sacrifices are made to the goddess on Tuesdays and Saturdays and the creatures to be sacrifices must be uncastrated male animals. Saturday being a major sacrificial day parade of goats, chickens, pigs and even buffalo are brought here to have their throat cut from their head and the blood flows freely in the complex. During the annual celebration of Dashain in October the temple is literally washed with blood and image of Kali is bathed with it.

Non Hindus are not allowed into the actual compound where Kali’s image resides. Witnessing the sacrifice is the strange and for some confronting experience. The pathway behind the main temple uphill offers good views.

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